1999 Proton Wira XLi Aeroback 1.6 petrol from Malaysia


Shoddy work. Con job.


The first two months, the reverse sensors and the electronic mirror adjuster conked out.

The first year, the clutch, the air-conditioning failed and the engine dies suddenly at traffic junctions/while idling.

The second year, the passenger front automatic window failed.

The third year, the right front signal lamp just decided to pop out.

The engine is showing signs of dying at idling again.

General Comments:

After nearly 20 years, Proton has yet to improve its reliability and quality control.

The only reason many Malaysians buy Protons is because it's the cheapest around.

And the only reason it's the cheapest around is because the government protects it with high taxes on imported (and better) cars.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 18th September, 2003

9th Aug 2004, 04:18

Proton wira in model 1999.

14th Jun 2005, 20:00

Well, my Proton 1.5Gli now is still OK. Changed both the front power window after 3 years since I brought it in 1999. So far so good, this car didn't fail me, as I believe in servicing my car every 5000km or so. Use synthetic oil all the time. and I still polish and wax the car myself. Quite a low cost maintenance on the spare parts.

So it's been 6 years now, having some mild problem like engine oil seeping. Gotta get it fix soon.

Seriously, I would consider another foreign car like Toyota or so. Proton serve to be a practical and economical car indeed. It gets you to your destination that's all.


26th Jun 2006, 07:44

My dear friend, I did owned a Wira before. After used of 7 years, you name it, it has it - all kinds of problems pop up. More to come, don't be so happy.

Finally I gave up and get in a VIOS.

1st Jul 2008, 00:33

What I want to add may be a bit late but every Proton owners should know. I own a Proton Wira 1999. There is a defect with the roof of the car. After several years, the roof of the car began to have brownish spots which did not bother me. Recently, I want to repaint the roof as the rust became more apparent. The workshop told me that I have to change the roof of the car. The inside of the car roof have rusted and even if I get it repainted, the rust will return. It is all because of the adhesive Proton manufacturer used which is corosive and caused the roof to rust. I thought Proton should bear the cost of the new roof. If not for the defective roof due to the adhesive used, I would not have to changed the roof. As such, Proton should pay for their manufacturing defects. I know that many Proton car owners have got their car roof changed without realizing that it is Protons fault and thus should make a claim from Proton.

1999 Proton Wira 1.5GLi 1.5 MPI 12V from Malaysia


Bad machine, Proton should learn how to improve


Low quality parts.

1.5L cars that is under powered.

Faulty parts found in the car.

Lack of safety features, no air-bags and ABS.

Cheap metals and plastics built machine.

General Comments:

The car is slow with it's acceleration.

Bad handling in sharp corners.

Vibration on the cars when exceeding 140kph.

Get a KIA Spectra instead, I rather pay more for a family saloon.

Proton produces the worst quality cars on it's class.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 21st June, 2003